4 Stocks Pushing The Services Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 90 points (-0.6%) at 15,522 as of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 580 issues advancing vs. 2,389 declining with 97 unchanged.

The Services sector currently sits down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.6%. Top gainers within the sector include Expeditors International of Washington ( EXPD), up 2.8%, MGM Resorts International ( MGM), up 2.8%, Luxottica Group ( LUX), up 1.8%, Moody's Corporation ( MCO), up 1.7% and MasterCard Incorporated ( MA), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include American Eagle Outfitters ( AEO), down 15.4%, AECOM Technology Corporation ( ACM), down 13.7%, Tidewater ( TDW), down 9.5%, Foot Locker ( FL), down 6.6% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 3.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

4. InterContinental Hotels Group ( IHG) is one of the companies pushing the Services sector higher today. As of noon trading, InterContinental Hotels Group is up $1.80 (6.2%) to $31.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 232,036 shares of InterContinental Hotels Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 160,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.51-$31.41 after having opened the day at $30.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.29.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC owns, manages, franchises, and leases hotels and resorts worldwide. InterContinental Hotels Group has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates InterContinental Hotels Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates InterContinental Hotels Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full InterContinental Hotels Group Ratings Report now.

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